Lijiang River Travel Tips

On September 6, 2011, in Guilin, Rivers & Gorges, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Lijiang River, originating in the Yuecheng Mountain, is a main tributary of the Pearl River flowing through the eastern part of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The head water is Liudong River and the confluence of the Huangbo River and Chuangjiang River is called Rongjiang River. The Lijiang River stretches from Guilin to Yangshuo with a […]

Lijiang River, originating in the Yuecheng Mountain, is a main tributary of the Pearl River flowing through the eastern part of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The head water is Liudong River and the confluence of the Huangbo River and Chuangjiang River is called Rongjiang River. The Lijiang River stretches from Guilin to Yangshuo with a length of 437 km.

Best Time to visit Lijiang River

Ferries are available only at 9:30 and 10:00 a.m.

The prime time to visit Lijiang River is from April to October. However, avoid the May Day Holiday (1st-3rd May) and National Day Holiday (1st – 7th October) for these are peak tourist seasons for domestic visitors. The River could be crowded and the price slightly raised.

Lijiang River Best Routes

A two-day or longer visit is recommended.

Day 1: (Guilin)

Longchuanping Dock—-Mulong Cave by raft—-aquatic tour to Elephant Trunk Hill, Piled Silk Hill, Cockfight Mountain, Seven-Star Mountain etc. —-Prince City attraction

Day 2: (Yangshuo)

Xingping fishing village (Clinton delivered an environmental protection speech here in 1997)—-tour on Lijiang River—-Butterfly Spring—-Silver Cave.

Lijiang River Tickets

Peak season: 210 Yuan

Off season: 190 Yuan

Additional sightseeing section of Lijiang River: 70 Yuan

How to get to Lijiang River

To take a ferry:

Domestic visitors: Mopanshan Dock

Foreign visitors: Zhujiang Dock

Domestic and foreign visitors (during dry season): Yangdi Dock

Tourist Bus:

Bus 51-58

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Seven-Star Cave

On September 6, 2011, in Caves & Canyons, Guilin, More Cities, Parks & Gardens, by Jack Li

Seven-Star Cave is a vast limestone cave complex in Seven-Star Park. The cave derives its name from the fact the main karst limestone peaks roughly resemble the stars of the Big Dipper constellation. The earliest exploration of the Seven-Star Cave dates back to the Tang Dynasty about 1,300 years ago. The cave has a year-round […]

Seven-Star Cave is a vast limestone cave complex in Seven-Star Park. The cave derives its name from the fact the main karst limestone peaks roughly resemble the stars of the Big Dipper constellation. The earliest exploration of the Seven-Star Cave dates back to the Tang Dynasty about 1,300 years ago. The cave has a year-round temperature of about 20o C. The maximum ceiling height is 27 meters, and the maximum width is 49 meters. A concrete and stone tour path of approximately 1,000 meters runs through the cave between its entrance and exit points. Artificial lighting for walkways and displays has been installed throughout the cave with intermittent colored lighting accents. Various rocky formations have descriptive names, such as “A Natural Fresco” and “The Chessboard”. During the Japanese invasion of China in World War II, Guilin residents took refuge in the cave.

The Lijiang River (in Guangxi)

Cattle Gorge

On September 6, 2011, in Guilin, More Cities, Nature Scenery, Rivers & Gorges, by Jack Li

Cattle Gorge is located downstream of Mopan Dock. The Gorge draws its name from the multitude of rocks that take the shape of oxen and horses. At this location, Lijiang River splits into two minor rivers running in opposite directions, cutting the river islet into three smaller islets. Drawing inference from the vivid travel notes […]

Cattle Gorge is located downstream of Mopan Dock. The Gorge draws its name from the multitude of rocks that take the shape of oxen and horses. At this location, Lijiang River splits into two minor rivers running in opposite directions, cutting the river islet into three smaller islets. Drawing inference from the vivid travel notes of famous Chinese geographer Xu Xiake, in ancient times, the waters of the river roared and tumbled against the cliffs. Today, the river only quietly murmurs. Later, the main stream was developed to accommodate sailing crafts and opened up as a channel for passenger ships. The surface of the river spreads wide and smooth with the three islets appearing to float on the river. It has become very attractive to tourists because the water here is extremely clear and calm and is a natural mirror making perfect images of the peaks. It is escorted by seven peaks at both sides of the Lijiang River resembling seven fairy ladies. A legend tells that the seven peaks are fairy girls from the heaven who took baths in the river. Enthralled by the charming scene, they stayed here and become the peaks .Green bamboo, lofty peaks and the blue sky reflected on the quiet waters create a spectacular scene. Right at the east end is the Hill of the Faithful Wife. At the hillside is a rock in the shape of woman with a baby on her back gazing far into the distance.

The Lijiang River (in Guangxi)

Solitary Beauty Peak(Duxiu Peak)

On September 6, 2011, in Adventure Trip, Guilin, Mountain Areas, Nature Scenery, by Jack Li

Solitary Beauty Peak is located in Guilin Prince City and is an integral part of the Prince City scenic area. People always describe it as the South Tianyi Column. The name derives from the renowned quote from Southern Dynasty (420-589) literature, ‘none can surpass this solitary peak in beauty’. The peak is also known as […]

Solitary Beauty Peak is located in Guilin Prince City and is an integral part of the Prince City scenic area. People always describe it as the South Tianyi Column. The name derives from the renowned quote from Southern Dynasty (420-589) literature, ‘none can surpass this solitary peak in beauty’. The peak is also known as ‘Purple Golden Hill’, a reference to the purple color of the rocks in bright sunshine. The Peak has also been called ‘the pillar of the Southern sky.’ There are 306 stone steps leading up to the top, where visitors can see a great view of the city. The pavilion here is a famous viewing point. Rosy clouds of dawn and a sunset glow turn the peak into a giant with a purple gown draped over his shoulder and a golden sash tied around his waist, giving the peak its second name: Purple Mountain. Visitors have to climb 306 stone steps to reach the top of the mountain, where they can gain a bird view of the shimmering waters and marvelous mountains of Guilin. That is the reason why the first thing tourists visiting Guilin do is climb the Solitary Beauty Peak. On the mountain side there is Reading Rock, a location that served as a reading spot for Yanzhi Yan (a famous writer in the Northern and Southern Dynasties), and Crescent Lake. Solitary Beauty Peak is a must-see attraction for visitors to Guilin Prince City – don’t miss it!

The Lijiang River (in Guangxi)

The Lijiang River (in Guangxi)

On September 6, 2011, in Caves & Canyons, Guilin, Mountain Areas, Rivers & Gorges, by Jack Li

Situated in the east of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in Southern China, the Lijiang River Scenic Area is the world’s largest and most beautiful karst landscape, inducing innumerable literati to revel in its beauty throughout the ages. Part of the scenery along the Lijiang River is printed on the back of the newly issued 20 […]

Situated in the east of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in Southern China, the Lijiang River Scenic Area is the world’s largest and most beautiful karst landscape, inducing innumerable literati to revel in its beauty throughout the ages. Part of the scenery along the Lijiang River is printed on the back of the newly issued 20 yuan note. The river originates at one of the most famous mountains in Southern China, Maoershan Mountain, nourishing the many flora and fauna that live along its banks.

The Lijiang River Scenic Area contains many breathtaking tourist destinations such as Caoping, Yangdi, Xingping, Cattle Gorge, Seven Star Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill, and so on. Being the major scenic spot and the essence and soul of Guilin in Guangxi Province, this river flows through the city like a pearl necklace on a fair lady. So far the approved open area of the Liliang River can be divided into three spheres. Specifically, downtown on-water entertainment; Lijiang River sightseeing; and tourism of the Yangshuo, Guilin section of the river. The distance between the city center of Guilin and Yangshuo County is 83 kilometers, also known as the One-hundred Li Gallery. Considered one of the most scenic landscapes in China, the Lijiang River was one of the first scenic areas approved by the State Council in 1982. On May 5th, 2007, it obtained formal approval from National Tourism Administration of China to be crowned as a 5-A class tourist attraction.

The Lijiang River Main Attractions:

Elephant Trunk Hill

The Solitary Beauty Peak

Seven Star Cave

Reed Flute Cave

Cattle Gorge

The Lijiang River Story:

1.   Aniu Sister-in-law Rice-flour Noodles

Third Sister Liu (Sanjie Liu), a folklore character of the Zhuang nationality of China, was not only a gorgeous singer but also an excellent cook of rice-flour noodles. It is said that as many as 26 kinds of spices were added to her rice-flour noodle soup broth – no wonder it was so delicious! After she married Brother Aniu, she opened a rice-flour noodle store called Aniu Sister-in-Law Rice-flour Noodle Shop at the entrance to the village. The special flavor of the noodles and her beautiful voice soon attracted a huge number of customers. Huairen Mo, a rich man from the neighborhood, tried several times to take her as one of his concubines, but failed each time. Outraged, he conspired with local officials to burn down Third Sister Liu’s shop, infuriating the people of the village. The villagers decided unanimously to rescue Third Sister Liu, fighting with only their shovels, hoes and sticks. Many of them were badly injured. Seeing this, Third Sister Liu uttered a cry and jumped into the Lijiang River to save her fellow villagers from being further maimed. Suddenly, two carps leaped out of the water. One took Third Sister Liu on its back and flew up into the sky, heading to heaven as Third Sister Liu transformed into a goddess; the other jumped onto Huairen Mo and his men, pushing them down deep into the water. The tail of the carp surfaced high above the water, changing into the current Mt. Fish Tail.

2.   The Hill of the Faithful Wife

37 kilometers away from the city of Guilin, the Hill of the Faithful Wife is along the west coast of the Lijiang River and just in front of Doumi Beach. On top of the hill there is a stone resembling a man who, facing north, wears traditional Chinese clothes. Halfway up the hill there is a stone in the shape of a woman holding a baby on her back, looking into the direction of said man. Thus, the name of the hill came to be the Hill of the Faithful Wife or the Stone of the Faithful Wife. In the Song dynasty, it was rumored that a mendicant Buddhist monk turned into stone, giving the rock its man-like appearance. However, in the Qing dynasty, the story was that a family of three only had one dou (a measure of grain) of rice left when they came ashore. Unable to find food anywhere on the mountain, the husband was so lost in desperation that he turned into a stone-man. After waiting and waiting and still seeing no sign of her husband, the wife with the child on her back went up the mountain searching for him, only to find that her husband had already turned to stone. The wife was heartbroken and instantly became a stone-woman. Visitors to the Hill of the Faithful Wife will be fascinated by each of the many variations in legend about this scenic spot.

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